Tag Archives: Legality

Playtech’s new Game Modifier Raising Controversy

Does Playtech’s ‘Game Modifier’ compromise fairness of online casino games? For decades, the integrity of casinos have been questioned by players from far and wide. In the early days of Las Vegas, it is well known fact that the mafia ran the city, and mobsters aren’t really known for their fairness. Strict regulation via government authorities eventually brought integrity to the land-based casino industry, but when internet-based gambling came along, all the old questions of fairness arose once more. Again, it took years of legislative efforts all across the globe to bring palpable order to the iGaming realm, but the industry has finally achieved a distinguished reputation for responsibility. So long as casinos are licensed and regulated in reputable jurisdictions, players can rest assured their getting a fair deal. At least, that was the perception before Playtech announced the release of its new Space Digger Slot. On the surface, it … Continue reading

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Will Seneca Casino Become Hotspot for Canada Sports Wagers?

New York tribe’s rare opportunity to provide legal sports betting for Canadians. The Seneca Tribe of Upstate New York has been given a very unique opportunity. Located a stone’s throw across the border from Canadian soil, the Seneca Niagara Resort Casino could soon become the closest legal option for Canada sports wagers, thanks to the recent passage of a bill legalizing sports betting in the state. So far, the tribe doesn’t seem to interested in the option, but there’s good reason to suspect that, deep down and behind closed doors, they’re grinning like kids in a candy store. After all, Canadians have long expressed their desire for a legal single-event sports betting product in their home country. With local legislative efforts stalling for years, this could be catalyst that sends more Canadians across the border than ever before. New York to Offer Closest Thing to Legal Sports Betting for Canadians … Continue reading

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Gamesys Hit with £1.2M Fine from UK Gambling Regulator

UKGC slaps Gamesys with £1.2 million fine for regulatory compliance failures. Gamesys, a European developer of digital gaming software and content supplier of the immensely popular Jackpotjoy online gambling operation, is reeling this week from a proverbial bitch-slap by the UK Gambling Commission. Following a lengthy investigation, the UKGC found Gamesys guilty of multiple violations, worthy of a combined penalty of £1.2 million in fines. As is often the case when the UKGC’s investigators come knocking, Gamesys conceded to the evaluation of wrong doing and coughed up the 7-figure payment without argument. In turn, the UKGC gave the company credit for making “proactive and timely improvements” to address the violations. Gamesys Fined for Regulatory Compliance Failures According to the UKGC’s media release on Wednesday, Gamesys was penalized for “failing to prevent gambling harm and breaching money laundering regulations.” The Commission’s probe was the result of a police investigation that found … Continue reading

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UKGC Investigating Ladbrokes Sportsbook… Again!?

UK regulator to probe Ladbrokes Sports over promotional player profiling? The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has been on the warpath for well over a year now, seeking out any remote gaming operator that may be in violation of the region’s strict online gambling regulations. If the UKGC gets wind of inappropriate behavior, it will investigate, and if non-complaince is discovered, the result could be anything from a hefty fine to revocation of the company’s operating license. Stripping a license seems like an empty threat at this point, seeing as how the UKGC has never gone so far as to even temporarily suspend a license, regardless of the severity of any violation. These operators are their bread and butter, after all. Why eliminate your revenue source when you could fine it up to 7-figures? But I digress… According to the most recent reports, one of the British gaming regulators’ largest repeat … Continue reading

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NJ Lobbies for Higher Penalties as PokerStars Pays $10k Fine

NJDGE fines PokerStars $10k for accepting illegal sports bets. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) has spent the last six years regulating the most successful online gambling market in the United States. There have been ups and downs. There have been mistakes made, problems realized, and solutions conceived. Is this not to be expected when pioneering any market of such a volatile nature? One thing gaming regulators in the Garden State have learned in recent times is that the penalties for non-compliance could have – nay, should have – been set a lot higher. That was the sentiment coming out of NJDGE offices last week when it was announced that one of their most prominent licensed operators had been fined just $10,000 for violating the state’s strict sports gambling laws. PokerStars Fined $10k for Accepting Illegal Sports Bets On April 12, 2019, David L. Rebuck, Director of the … Continue reading

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MGA Orders 4 Online Gaming Licensees to Cease Operations

The Maltese Gaming Authority promised it would protect online gamblers with a heavy hand, and is proving it means business. In seven days, the regulator revoked or suspended four online gambling licenses, ordering the owners to “cease operations immediately”. After decades of circumspect behavior in the global iGaming industry, a few regulatory bodies are taking the protection of players more serious than ever before. If you’ve followed internet gaming news at all in the last few years, you probably guessed the UK is one of them. The other is the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA); the only other international regulatory body to mimic the UK’s bar-setting example so closely. After thoroughly revamping its remote betting guidelines last year, the MGA promised its plethora of licensees that they mean business. Operators received plenty of notice as to what would and would not be acceptable practices come 2019. It was a classic case … Continue reading

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What to Expect from 2019 Prague Gaming Summit

Online gaming industry’s top topics of interest at Prague Gaming Summit 2019. Two weeks ago, ICE Totally Gaming, the online gambling industry’s most prestigious, must-attend trade show wrapped up in London. Less than three weeks from now, the majority of that event’s attending delegates will be on their way to the Czech Republic for one of Europe’s most important information sharing and networking conferences, Prague Gaming Summit 2019. Now in its third rendition, PGS3 will take place on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Vienna House Andel’s Prague. It’s a single-day event, but one that’s packed with panel discussions and activities. Online Gaming Industry’s Top Topics of Interest at PGS3 From 9:00am to 5:00pm, attendees will be bombarded with information imperative to the continued growth of the global online and mobile gambling market. Many of the industry’s most challenging issues are on the agenda. Before, after, and a few times in … Continue reading

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Alberta seeks a Slice of Online Gambling Pie

Will Alberta be Next Province to join the Canada Online Gambling Market? It’s January—a month that calls for inherent introspect and change. We all do it. Many of us vow to eat healthier, get more exercise, or work towards a better position of employment. Resolutions aren’t just for individuals, though,. The province of Alberta, Canada is looking to make some constructive changes, too, promoting the salubrity of its gaming revenue. For a while now, Alberta’s government has shown interest in the provincial regulation of online gambling. Up until recently, interest is all it was. Now, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) is taking steps to get the ball rolling. If successful, Saskatchewan would be the only province in Canada that does not offer any form of internet-based gambling (lottery, casino, poker, sports, racing, etc.) AGLC Seeks Partner for Online Gambling To be successful in today’s modern age of business, it … Continue reading

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NS Gaming Corp Slaps its Own Wrist

NS Gaming Corp vows never again to fund expert witnesses. When a government agency is in the wrong, and the public finds out about it, the results could be anything from major firings throughout the group, to a slap on the wrist by some higher government organization. In the case of Nova Scotia Gaming Corp (NSGC), they are ostensibly hoping to avoid any range of extrinsic punishment by metaphorically slapping their own wrists. It all stems from a situation that arose in late 2018. The provincial gaming regulator made the shady decision to fund a trip for so-called expert witnesses, who testified in the regulator’s favor. Thanks in part to their testimony, a bill was passed that will inevitably increase revenue for the NSGC. Buying Lobbyists To Shrink Problem Gambling Program The Crown Corporation coerced the three witnesses to travel to Nova Scotia from across the country by offering to … Continue reading

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DOJ taking Another Look at US Online Gambling Laws

Are US and Canada to become the doppelgangers of online gambling regulation? The way US and Canada online gambling laws stand now, there are many similarities, with a few important contrasts. But there are waves rising in the waters on both sides of the 49th parallel that could bring them closer to egalitarianism than ever before. According to the Associated Press, the US Department of Justice is rethinking its opinion towards cross-border player pooling between states where online gambling is lawfully regulated. At the same time, an argument for the legalization of single-event sports betting is brewing in Canada. Major Similarities Between US and Canada Online Gambling Laws There’s a lot these neighboring nations have in common when it comes to internet gambling. The most critical is the way their federal governments pass responsibility off to their subdivision of jurisdictions. In the US, the federal government decides what forms of … Continue reading

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